Bakersfield, CA – According to KBAK, on February 9th, 2024, a DUI crash near White and Hughes Lane resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries.
Officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were monitoring the area for dangerous driving related to a car meet nearby. Around 11:08 PM, they came upon the scene of the collision involving a white sedan and an SUV they recognized as having been at the meet previously.
The driver of the white sedan was pronounced dead at the scene, and three female passengers received serious injuries. Two passengers from the SUV were also hospitalized.
The driver of the SUV, an adult male who carried three prior DUI convictions from the previous six years, was determined to have been driving under the influence. He was arrested and charged for homicide and additional DUI charges.
Wrongful Death Claims
Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver. The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.
Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.